Asean morning news for November 15

Asean morning news for November 15

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


The US diplomatic debacle at the ASEAN Summits and its ‘Hail Mary’ to salvage relations
The behaviour of the US representatives before and at the 35th ASEAN summit illustrated that its political, economic and cultural influence on the preferences of Southeast Asian countries has declined.
— Asean Today

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper starts second Indo-Pacific tour with bid to counter Chinese power
US Defence Secretary Mark Esper is making his second tour of the Indo-Pacific as the US looks to reaffirm its commitment to the region and put pressure on China.
— South China Morning Post

Canberra must speak out louder on human rights in ASEAN
Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne has promised to use her position to defend human rights around the world but she has sometimes shown excessive caution in pushing the cause in our immediate region.
–The Sydney Morning Herald

Mixed sentiment, outlook for Asean property investment: CBRE
PROPERTY investment sentiment varied across Asean in the third quarter, from healthy appetites in the Philippines, Vietnam, and Singapore, to subdued demand in Thailand and Indonesia, according to CBRE’s Asia Pacific Investment Trends Q3 report, released Nov 14.
— The Business Times

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Overcoming market fragmentation is key to success in SEA: Lazada founder
The main challenge for Chinese tech companies entering Southeast Asia is overcoming market fragmentation, said Charles Debonneuil, CEO of Intrepid Group, in a fireside chat with TechNode Editor-in-Chief John Artman at TechCrunch Shenzhen 2019.
— Technode

China’s tech entrepreneurs are getting venture capital funding at home in push into Southeast Asian markets
China’s technology firms are stepping up their efforts to expand into Southeast Asian markets with home-grown capital, even as funding from private equity and venture capital giants has plunged this year amid uncertainties caused by the US-China trade war.
— South China Morning Post

AIIB approves $50m investment in Southeast Asia-focused energy fund
Beijing-headquartered Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved a $50-million investment in the Southeast Asia energy transition-focused private equity fund established by Swiss investment firm SUSI Partners.
— Deal Street Asia

ASEAN regulatory sandbox will promote cross-border data flows
Global mobile industry group GSM Association (GSMA) has called for businesses to provide details of digital services and applications that require the transfer of personal data across two or more ASEAN countries under a new regulatory sandbox initiative.

S. Korea hosts int’l forum on partnerships with ASEAN
South Korea’s presidential advisory panel hosted an international forum here Thursday on the country’s push for stronger ties with Southeast Asian nations.
— Yonhap News Agency

25th ASEAN Transport Ministers’ Meeting opens in Hanoi
The 25th ASEAN Transport Ministers’ Meeting (ATM) and associated meetings with dialogue partners kicked off in Hanoi on November 14, attracting about 250 Vietnamese and foreign delegates.
— Vietnamplus

Searca, ACB partner for agri-biodiversity
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca) and the Asean Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) have agreed to continue cooperating on programs that will mainstream biodiversity in agriculture.
— The Manila Times

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ASEAN, partners holds joint anti-terrorism drill
A joint anti-terrorism actual-troop drill of member countries of ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM+) kicked off in Guilin, southern China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on November 13.
— Vietnamplus

Joint exercises among ASEAN states bolster region’s counterterror skills
Joint counterterrorism training and exercises among military forces from members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and its dialogue countries can improve the countries’ joint command and operation mechanism when responding together to regional terrorist threats, military officers said on Wednesday as related field training exercises began.
— Ecns

ASEAN’s mall culture
In Southeast Asia, the rise of e-commerce has changed how people shop.
— The Asean Post

ASEAN Community-building
SECURITY, political, and economic factors facilitate the building of a strong Southeast Asian community.
— Panay News

S. Korea celebrates upcoming special ASEAN summit with cultural events
Haeundae Beach, one of the most-visited tourist spots in the city of Busan, and its surrounding areas will be lit up with colorful lamps this week to celebrate an upcoming special summit between South Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the city.
— Yonhap News Agency


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Indonesia allows Sam Rainsy to arrive from Malaysia, as Hun Sen releases Cambodian dissidents
Sam Rainsy, the self-exiled leader of a banned Cambodian opposition party, arrived in Jakarta from Kuala Lumpur on Thursday after reportedly being blocked from boarding his flight on Wednesday.
— South China Morning Post 

Cambodia: 90,000 garment workers could lose jobs over proposed EU trade sanctions
About 90,000 Cambodian apparel and textile workers could be out of a job if the proposed trade sanctions by the European Union cause fashion brands to source elsewhere, fear workers’ rights groups. Currently, Cambodia profits from the “Everything but Arms” (EBA) scheme established in 2001 that gives 49 of the world’s poorest countries duty-free access to EU markets as part of the EU’s wider Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP).
— Fashion United

Built to scale? Growing pains hit Cambodia’s businesses for good
Cambodia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A snippet of Leakena’s life is written on a pair of jeans.
— Reuters

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Inequality overshadows Indonesia’s economic growth as millions remain stuck in poverty
Indonesia’s economic growth of 5.02 percent percent year-on-year (yoy) in the third quarter, although the lowest rate in more than two years, would be a dream come true for many other countries.
— The Jakarta Post

The Minimum Wage in Indonesia: Increased by 8.5% for 2020
On October 15, 2019, the Minister of Labor issued circular B-M 308, 2019, which mandates provincial governors throughout Indonesia to increase their provinces’ minimum wage by 8.51 percent, starting from January 1, 2020.
— ASEAN Briefing

Western plastics ‘poisoning Indonesian food chain’
The burning of plastic waste in Indonesia, much of which has been sent there by the West, is poisoning the food chain, the BBC has learned.

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Rice prices in Laos likely to rise next year
Rice markets in Laos may experience greater fluctuation in 2020 as harvests are unlikely to meet targets in 2019.
— Xinhua

Lao-made clothes struggle to penetrate export market
“The clothes we make target consumers in Vientiane and the provinces. We’re not planning to produce for export yet because if we do we will have to buy more sophisticated machinery and improve the skills of our workers, which will cost a lot of money,” said the owner of a garment business in Vientiane, Ms Souphalith Chanthaluanglath.
— ANN/Vientiane Times 

Empowering Lao adolescent girls through the Noi ecosystem
Empowering adolescent girls requires comprehensive efforts and a conducive environment as adolescent girls are not a homogeneous group and they face a wider range of risks to their health and well-being including lack of education, gender based discrimination and violence, malnourishment, sexual exploitation, early, child and forced marriage and adolescent pregnancy.
— ANN/Vientiane Times 

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Malaysia’s population in 3Q up 0.06% to 32.63 million
Malaysia’s population rose by 0.06% in the third quarter ended Sept 30,2019 to 32.63 million from a year ago while the Statistics Department data showed the number of people aged 65 and above was on the rise.
— The Star Online

Malaysia Airlines targets 15pc reduction of non-critical components
Malaysia Airlines aims to reduce non-critical parts and components cost by 15 per cent via a Vendor Development Programme (VDP) under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Entrepreneur.
— Malay Mail

Minister: Govt to provide RM20.7b in cash, incentives over five years for digitalisation
The government is providing RM20.7 billion worth of cash and non-cash incentives for over five years from next year to assist Malaysian companies’ transition to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR4.0), said Finance Minister.
— Malay Mail

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Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi faces first legal action over Rohingya crisis
Aung San Suu Kyi is among several top Myanmar officials named in a case filed in Argentina for crimes against Rohingya Muslims, the first time the Nobel Laureate has been legally targeted over the crisis.
— The Guardian

Myanmar’s Ruling Party Fears Legalizing Gay Sex Would Cost Them Re-election
The country’s leader spoke out in the past about decriminalizing homosexuality, but has taken no action.
— New Now Next

Trade volume from Myanmar-China border camp reaches more than US$ 503 million
Trade volume from Myanmar-China border camp reached more than US$ 503 million within one month from October 1 to November 1 in 2019-2020 fiscal years, up US$ 160 million compared with the same period of last year, according to the official statistics of the Ministry of Commerce.
— Eleven Myanmar

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Immigration bureau deports more than 300 Chinese nationals nabbed for telecom fraud
More than 300 Chinese nationals allegedly involved in telecommunications fraud are set to be deported today, Thursday, Nov. 13, according to the Bureau of Immigration (BI).
— Eagle News

Palace: Duterte to validate corruption claims vs. 2 Cabinet members
President Rodrigo Duterte will hold another investigation on the corruption allegations against two Cabinet members, Malacañang said on Thursday.
— GMA Network

Robredo wants ‘clear’ baseline data on drug problem by end-2019
Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday, November 14, gave her first directive to law enforcement agencies: Complete the government’s baseline data on the extent of the illegal drugs problem in the country
— Rappler

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$15.3b in special transfers to S’poreans: GPC urges funding sustainability and encouraging SMEs uptake of tech, R&D
A total of $15.3 billion was set aside under Budget 2019 for special transfers to meet the current and future needs of Singaporeans.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

First-of-its-kind drug for Type 2 diabetes launched in Singapore
For adults suffering from uncontrolled Type 2 diabetes, help is at hand with what is touted to be the most effective solution in the market.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore allegedly 8th cheapest city out of 55 cities to spend 24 hours in
Singapore has been ranked eighth cheapest city in the world to spend 24 hours in.
— Mothership

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Future Forward submits bill to scrap drafting
Conscription will be replaced by voluntary recruitment, except during wartime, and recruits must not be treated as personal houseboys if the Future Forward Party has its way.
— Bangkok Post

Economic stimulus packages still needed to spur domestic economy – Finance Minister
Thailand’s Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana has stressed the need for the Government to introduceeconomic stimulus packages periodically to spur the domestic economy and to help small suppliersbadly affected by the global economic slowdown.
— Thai PBS News

Blockchain VAT refunds this month
The Finance Ministry plans to adopt blockchain-based value-added tax (VAT) refund service for foreign tourists, starting from the end of this month.
— Bangkok Post

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Vietnam leads Southeast Asia in salary growth
Vietnam leads Southeast Asia in terms of salary growth with a 5.1 percent increase expected in 2020, according to a report by ECA International.
— Sggp News

Vietnam advised to cut tax incentives for long-term development
Tax incentives had led to a decrease in State revenue in Vietnam over recent years, Nguyen Duc Thanh, Director of the Vietnam Institute for Economic and Policy Research (VEPR), said at a conference in Hanoi on November 13.
— VietnamPlus

HCMC providing startup community with administrative, financial support
Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is enthusiastically promoting startup activities via simplifying administrative procedures and launching several financial support programs.
— Sggp News

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